Lisa Leslie To Be Inducted Into The Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
WNBA and Olympic basketball legend Lisa Leslie will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Joining Leslie in the Hall of Fame’s 17th group of inductees are: former Houston Comets star Janeth Arcain, former University of Georgia standout Janet Harris, former Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, former Duke and University of Texas coach Gail Goestenkors, and former Oregon City High School coach Brad Smith.
The 6’5″ Lisa Leslie was considered a pioneer and cornerstone of the WNBA during her career. Leslie was drafted 7th overall in the 1997 inaugural WNBA draft, where she followed her stellar collegiate career at the University of Southern California with 7 WNBA All-Star appearances and 2 WNBA championships with the Los Angeles Sparks before retiring in 2009.
Lisa Leslie also holds the distinction of being the first player to dunk in a WNBA game, which helped bring the WNBA game to the forefront, as she proved the women could do anything on the court that the men could do. The three-time WNBA MVP was a champion before she ever stepped foot on the WNBA court and always stood out from the crowd.
Leslie was over 6’1″ by middle school, so she literally stood out in a crowd! An ambidextrous player, but a natural lefty, Leslie dominated high school athletics in basketball, volleyball, and track.
Leslie was able to dunk a basketball in open court by the time she was a sophomore in high school, although she could not palm the basketball. On February 7, 1990, Lisa Leslie joined the rare group of players that scored 100 points in a basketball game. Leslie, however, achieved the mark in only one half of play. That’s right, she scored 101 points in the first half alone; she scored 49 points in the first quarter and 52 in the second quarter. The opponent forfeited the game at halftime with the score 102-24.
Lisa Leslie made four consecutive Olympic appearances and earned four gold medals and is the second female basketball player to earn as many gold medals, after Teresa Edwards. She led the U.S. team in scoring during the 2004 Olympic Games. During her third Olympic completion, she became the USA’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker in Olympic competition. Every time she has competed in a major international event, she has compiled double-digit scoring averages.
We at BOSS Sports would like to congratulate Lisa Leslie and the other Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees. Lisa Leslie, you are a true dimepiece – on and off the court.
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